Robert Klemme wrote:
> On 17.05.2008 15:25, Phlip wrote:
>>> Although it may well be the case that meaning has changed and / or 
>>> people use it differently.  For example, I was exposed to the term 
>>> the first time in http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0118715/ and picked up 
>>> a slightly different meaning.
>>
>> While a "lazy time-wasting slacker" might also entirely be a 
>> "respectable urbane gentleman", in this case I think the movie 
>> directors are indulging in "reclaiming the language". Like calling a 
>> bald guy "curly". 
> 
> You raise an interesting linguistic (or philosophical) question here: 
> can someone who had curly hair but went bald be correctly attributed as 
> "curly"?  Maybe something for the next Ruby Quizz... :-)

Well ... the original "Curly" aka "Babe" Howard (Horowitz) had a full 
head of hair and shaved his head for the role. He might have become 
"naturally" bald later.